8 rules for lending books

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Lending our books out is emotional. We love our books. Part of us worry about our precious books. We wonder if we’ll ever see them again (the books, not our friends). The other part of us is busy trying to give the worrying part of us moral support for the tumult felt deep within our soul, which is also equally torn.

Setting rules for others to borrow our books is easy.  We can half-jokingly say “Lose it or hurt it, and I will hunt you down.

Setting rules for ourselves is harder. I love lending books. I love hearing how much that person enjoyed book that they would otherwise not have read. I love hearing differing opinions and perspectives when they don’t.

I also have rules for myself about lending my books. I set us both up to not sweat the small stuff. Continue reading

In answer to “No one reads anymore”

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No one reads anymore.

No writer likes hearing that. I’ll be blunt: that statement is offensive and devalues what we do for a living and who we are as humans.

It’s also inaccurate.

Recently I was in a meet-n-greet meeting with a new colleague. Guess what I heard this person say (to me, a copywriter).

No one reads anymore.

All I could say in response was, “gee…thanks” to alleviate the awkward moment with humor. Everyone laughed, but still…not what I, the copywriter, want to hear, especially from a new colleague with whom I’d be working to, well, write stuff.

So, how can we respond? First, let’s understand the misconception. Because empathy is a good place. And because I wanted to know what’s behind the massive misapprehension and did lots of research I’m not about to waste.

I will, however, insert cat memes where appropriate because there’s actual research in this post and while I find it fascinating, cat memes are universal.

Let’s start by looking at it from some obvious angle in that most people equate reading with books. I’ll examine this issue from a copywriting perspective in my next post on the topic.

For now, this one favors all you creative writers out there.

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Traveling; what to take, what to take…

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At least twice a year, I get to fly across the country for business. I enjoy these trips, but it never fails that each time, I have the same struggle suffered by bookworms since the invention of travel.

What to take to read?

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How to Survive a Book Buying Ban

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It’s been 6 weeks since I went on a book buying ban. This is the longest I have ever stuck to one of these bans; I usually cave after one week at most.

During these past 6 weeks, I’ve been reading what I have, and I’m about to finish my eighth book. I’m focused on the book in my hands, and I’m even finding books in my stash that I’d forgotten I had. Kinda like getting new books without buying them.

It’s been nice. But not easy.

I’ve had to develop strategies and coping mechanisms.  Continue reading

Book Buying Ban 2017

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Some make New Year’s resolutions; others have New Year’s resolutions thrust upon them. I fall under Column B.

I am under a book buying ban until further notice.

With good reason.

Last week, I re-discovered goodreads.com. I’d apparently created a goodreads account July 2013, but had never gotten around to actually using it for some reason I can’t remember. Then one of my favorite bookish YouTubers set up an account and being the faithful fangirl that I am, I followed her so I could follow her reading lists.

I then discovered the feature that lets me make lists.

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